Billy Hodges

Senior Director, Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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Professional Experience

A specialist in portfolio optimisation, international transactions, strategic execution and the application of flex space and agile solutions to enhance workplace and workforce performance.

Based in London, Billy is a part of CBRE’s global Agile real estate business. In this specialised role, he advises global companies facing complex questions around evolving workplace, labour, location and cost dynamics on the optimal routes for deployment of business agility and flexible space solutions. Leveraging CBRE’s superior data mining and analytics platform to assess cost savings and efficiency opportunities; Billy helps clients optimise their real estate portfolios using his client-side experience, relationships with key regional and global market operators and CBRE’s best-in-class brokerage teams to bring to clients deep-market knowledge and negotiation power.

Despite the challenges of 2020, Billy led a number of pioneering flex space initiatives including a 40-site flex roll-out for one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical clients – the biggest of its kind in EMEA - and has recently developed a global agile strategy that includes procurement and operator engagement guidelines for one of CBRE’s largest global clients.

Advising a global bank, Billy led the largest flex acquisition in the UK to date (1,200 desks in Central London), and executed significant agile deals in other key European markets. In the same role, Billy supported an initiative that resulted in ~$100m annual cost savings for the bank globally including a real estate consolidation program, establishing a new headquarters and the roll out of a new “open work” office design and experience concept.

Billy joined CBRE in mid-2016 from JP Morgan where he led their EMEA Strategy and Transactions Team and was responsible for a 5 million square feet regional portfolio. During his eight years there, Billy led a significant number of key projects including the successful repositioning and disposal of 1 million square feet of surplus London portfolio, the M&A portfolio integration of Cazenove and Bear Stearns as well as numerous property transactions and strategic initiatives in key and developing markets.